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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • Year 9 Pathways

    At Sir Harry Smith Community College all students in Key Stage 4 will study compulsory courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science.

    In addition, students will study two non-examinable subjects; Physical Education and Skills for Life, unless they have selected to study Triple Science. 

    Two routes are available for students to follow at Key Stage 4; the EBacc route and the standard route.  The EBacc route provides the student with a breadth of academic qualifications, highly valued by post-16 providers and universities.  Many of the top universities (those in the Russell Group) require you to have studied the following subjects at GCSE level: English Literature, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language (e.g. French or German). In addition they expect you to have studied one of these subjects at A level, even if you are not studying these subjects at degree level. These are called facilitating subjects.  Both pathways satisfy the requirements of the new Progress 8 measure, so that all students gain a broad range of qualifications to prepare them for the future.

    Students choose from the four subject blocks below with each student following one subject from each block.  With a fixed number of subjects running in each block, we do not know what is possible until we have received student requests and for this reason, students will also need to indicate a reserve subject.  The following needs to be taken into account when selecting the subjects.

    EBacc Route

    Those students wishing to follow the EBacc route, MUST choose:

    Geography or History


    French or German

    Standard Route

    Those students wishing to follow the Standard route must choose at least one of the following:






    Block A

    Block B

    Business Studies Art & Design
    Dance Design & Technology: Product Design~
    Design & Technology: Product Design~ Design & Technology: Graphic Products~
    *French Health & Social Care (BTEC)
    *Geography *History
    *German ICT (Vocational)
    *History Music
      Sport (BTEC)


    Block C

    Block D

    Business Studies Art & Design
    Drama Business Studies
    Food Preparation and Nutrition Design & Technology: Graphic Products~
    *Geography Drama
    *History Food Preparation and Nutrition
    ICT (Vocational) *French
    Pyschology *History
    Sociology Pyschology
    Sport (BTEC) Religious Studies

    ~ Please Note: students should not choose Graphic Products AND Product Design.

    * Please Note: students should choose at least one subject.

    Pathway Choices for students – entering your choices over the internet

    This year we are introducing a new system to allow parents/students to select their optional subject choices on-line using the internet instead of the traditional paper method.  Students/parents should enter the URL below, enter the UserName and Password/PIN issued separately and continue to follow the instructions online.